Finding a sense of belonging outside of an eating disorder can feel daunting and evoke strong feelings of fear and uncertainty. Logically, we understand that values-based living, learning to manage emotions and changing unsustainable behaviors are all part of the recovery process. But the idea of letting go of the illness feels distressing, in part because it has served a purpose: to have something to turn to whenever life becomes too much. Loved ones often say “I want the old you back,” but those in struggle often find this painful to hear. Why? Because the “old me” was suffering, too – often with a sense of feeling like an outsider. Too sensitive, too emotional… too much and not enough, all in the same moment. What does it mean to not only recover from an eating disorder, but to find a values-based life where there is a sense of belonging?
Join Jen Lombardi, MFT, CEDS and CDW™F, as she discusses the four practices of true belonging as outlined in Dr. Brene Brown’s latest book, Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Creative ideas for how to incorporate these practices into eating disorder recovery at any stage will be explored. Practical applications for individuals, loved ones, and clinicians will be included.